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CONGRESS,

CONGRESS

AMENDING SECTION 2536, REVISED STATUTES.

JANUARY 26, 1907.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state

of the Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. PAYNE, from the Committee on Ways and Means, submitted the

following

REPORT.

[To accompany S. 7147.]

The Committee on Ways and Means, to whom was referred the bill (S. 7147) entitled "An act to amend section twenty-five hundred and thirty-six of the Revised Statutes, relative to assistant appraisers at the port of New York, and further detining their powers, duties, and compensation," having had the same under consideration, report it back without amendment with a recommendation that the bill do pass.

This bill seeks to create two additional assistant appraisers at the port of New York, thus making twelve altogether, and the bill also confers certain powers and duties upon the appraiser and the Secretary of the Treasury in respect to the designation of a special deputy appraiser and two deputy appraisers to perform certain duties.

The following tables present a comparative statement of the enormous transactions in the office of the appraiser at New York for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1906, and for the calendar year ended December 31, 1906, respectively, as compared with the same periods for the years 1904 and 1905, from which it will be observed as to the fiscal year ended June 30, 1906, that the total appraised value of merchandise was $736,562,742.14, and for the calendar year ended December 31, 1906, the appraised value of merchandise examined and appraised was $787,652,456.43:

Fiscal year 1905-6. Number of invoices:

1904.. 1905

1906. Number of appraisement orders:

326, 052 327, 384 368, 163 Number of public-store packages examined: 1904..

1904 1905 1906.

64, 880 66, 161 69, 634

748, 836 1905.

748, 192 1906.

795, 466 Appraised value of merchandise: 1904.

$605, 994, 036.67 1905.

$679, 446, 926.00 1906

$736, 562, 742. 14 Advances upon appraisement and additions on entry to make market value: 1904

$1,790, 034.63 1905.

$2,053, 334.05 1906.

$2, 718, 516.42

Catendar year 1906.

444, 628

Number of invoices and appraisement orders: 1904.

386, 950 1905

407,032 1906. Number of public store packages examined: 1904

741, 428 1905

747, 103 1906.

806, 734 Appraised value of merchandise: 1904

$632, 336, 211. 40 1905

$705, 011, 487.19 1906

$787, 652, 456. 43 Additions by importers on entry and advances on appraisement to make market value: 1904.

$1, 797, 103.93 1905.

$2, 426, 779.71 1906.

$2,907, 025, 83 In view of the enormous and constantly increasing volume of business in said office, it is necessary for the proper and expeditious dispatch thereof that the appraiser should have the additional assistance as provided for in the bills hereinbefore specified.

Under date of December 21, 1906, the Secretary of the Treasury, in a communication to the chairman of the Committee on Finance of the Senate, recommended the passage of the bill. The letter follows: TREASURY DEPARTMENT, OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY,

Washington, December 21, 1906. My Dear Sir: I am in receipt of your letter submitting S. 7147, relative to the assistant appraiser at the port of New York.

After the words “ with the approval,” on page 2, line 5, insert the words "or by the direction." I think this was interlined in the bill as sent to the Senate. My thought is that a deputy might prove unsatisfactory to the Department and the appraiser hesitate to dismiss. The appraiser might be very glad to have the responsibility taken by the Secretary of the Treasury, and instances might arise when the Secretary would want to exercise the authority against the wish of the appraiser, If there be any reason why the appointment should be approved by the Secretary of the Treasury the same reason exists why he should have authority to order the revocation. With this amendment I think the bill should pass.

I think there should be an amendment to S. 7145 providing for an increase o salary for several of the customs officers at New York. While I think the appraiser should receive the same compensation as the naval officer and the surveyor, I believe the members of the Board of General Appraisers should receive $10,000, and it would be wise to include it all in one bill. Yours, very truly,

L. M. SHAW. Hon. Nelson W. ALDRICH,

Chairman Committee on Finance, United States Senata.

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The Secretary of the Treasury, in a letter of December 11 last to the chairman of this committee, further recommends the passage of the bill. The letter follows:

TREASURY DEPARTMENT,
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY,

Washington, December 11, 1906.
SIR: I inclose you herewith copy of a bill to amend section 2536 of the Revised
Statutes, relative to assistant appraisers at the port of New York, which I will be
glad to have you consider. I think it should become a law.
Very truly yours,

L. M. Shaw. The CHAIRMAN, COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS,

House of Representatives.

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CONGRESS

CONVENTION OF THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH,

WASHINGTON, D. C.

JANUARY 26, 1907.–Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. OLCOTT, from the Committee on the District of Columbia, sub

mitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany S. 6338.]

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The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (S. 6338) to amend section 2 of an act entitled “An act to incorporate the Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the Diocese of Washington,” report the same back to the House with the recommendation that it do pass when amended as follows:

On page 2 strike out all commencing with the word " line 22, down to and including the word “securities,” in line 24, and. insert in lieu thereof the following: bonds of the United States or of the District of Columbia, in first-class State or municipal securities; in first mortgages or first deeds of trust on real estate not exceeding sixty per centum of the value of such real estate, or in the first mortgage bonds of any railroad corporation which has for five consecutive years immediately preceding such investment paid dividends on its common stock.

The corporation named in this bill had asked that they be given authority by the terms of the Senate bill to invest endowment funds in “some safe and profitable stocks, real estate within the limits of the said diocese, mortgages, deeds of trust, or other securities.”

The committee, in consideration of the bill that has been passed by the Senate, believed that this power of investment of trust funds was entirely too broad and have inserted in lieu thereof the amendment appearing above.

The bill has been submitted to the Commissioners of the District of Columbia, who recommended its passage, as follows: OFFICE COMMISSIONERS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,

Washington, January 18, 1902. DEAR SIR: The Commissioners have the honor to recommend favorable action upon Senate bill 1845 “To amend section 2 of an act entitled ' An act to incorporate the convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the diocese of Washington,'which was referred to them at your instance for their views thereon. Very respectfully,

Henry B. F. MACFARLAND,

President Board of Commissioners District of Columbia. Hon. JAMES MCMILLAN,

Chairman Committee on the District of Columbia, United States Senate,
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